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MemFIX Cleveland Street event on Saturday to feature High Cotton Brewing beer tasting

November 09, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

High Cotton Brewing Co.High Cotton Brewing Co. will run a limited beer tasting tomorrow (Saturday) at the MemFIX Cleveland Street event in Midtown Memphis.

The tasting, from 2 to 4 p.m., will feature three beers: John Barleycorn (Must Die) Scottish, Ginner’s Pride ESB and Sawmill, a stout, according to High Cotton’s Facebook page.

The owners of High Cotton hope to open a microbrewery at 598 Monroe, across from Kudzu’s Bar & Grill, by year’s end.

Here’s more about MemFIX:

MemFIX Cleveland Street is a short-term community driven effort to inject vitality into the Crosstown area by activating the street and showing what is possible in the neighborhood. Working with local businesses, residents, and community stakeholders the project will re-think the street, activate vacant shopfronts, and change the character of the two block area along Cleveland from Overton Park to Galloway for one weekend.

Come experience a transformed Cleveland Street this Saturday at Memfix. In addition to a two-block makeover with bike lanes, over 50 pop-up shops, galleries, artist vendors and food trucks, there will be so much to see and do. Drive, walk, or better yet, ride your bike to the Complimentary Bike Valet, just south of our friends at the Cleveland Street Flea Market. The market will be open for business with special vendors outdoors for the day. [source]

Also, be sure to stop by the “pop-up shop” for Metal & Mud Designs, which will feature ceramic art and jewelery. It will be in one of the empty storefronts on Cleveland, between Overton Park Road and Autumn. I’ll be there helping out, so come say hello.

Brew Line returns to Memphis radio on Saturdays

November 02, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Memphis

Brew Line

Starting tomorrow morning, Brew Line returns to the Memphis airwaves on WMC AM 790.

The beer-centric radio program, hosted by Greg Haltom, Curly Birkholtz and Mike Lee, will air Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m.

According to the show’s Facebook page, the program will cover the latest in the craft beer industry, “the Big 3” and beers from around the world,  and will feature guest interviews, product tastings, beer and food pairings, Michael’s Recipe of the Week, Curly’s Big Six and Greg’s Cooler Door Prize Game.

The program previously aired from 1998 to 2004, and is making a comeback. Lee is the owner of homebrew shop Midsouth Malts and vice president and CFO of startup High Cotton Brewing Company.

To call in to the show Saturdays at 9 a.m., dial 901-274-7979.

Signs of progress at future home of High Cotton Brewing in Memphis

October 03, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

There are signs of progress at the future home of High Cotton Brewing Co. in Memphis.

In early September, the brewery equipment was installed. (Check out the photos on Facebook.)

Now, a High Cotton sign has been hung above the entrance.

Owners hope to open a microbrewery in the space at 598 Monroe, across from Kudzu’s Bar & Grill, by year’s end.

High Cotton - exterior

High Cotton - sign

High Cotton - exterior

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest unveils poster, new breweries for 2012 event

September 21, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Check out the new poster unveiled Thursday on Facebook for the 2012 Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest.

The design looks great, and the poster reveals some breweries new to the festival this year, all within a day’s drive of Memphis. Those include Blackstone Brewery (Nashville), Country Boy Brewing (Lexington, Ky.), Crooked Letter Brewing (coming soon to Ocean Springs, Miss.), Lore Brewing (Danville, Ky.) and High Cotton Brewing (coming soon to Memphis).

The third annual festival is coming up Oct. 13. Tickets are $35 in advance and are available online.

2012 Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest poster